Only Natural Pet is thrilled to sponsor the X-Games in Aspen this weekend! It is the first time that a pet brand has sponsored the event, and it’s a great fit for Only Natural Pet – everyone knows that dogs love the pow pow (that’s short for powder, or fresh snow!) and pet owners who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, are definitely interested in natural nutrition. Plus, our retail store in Aspen opened just last month, so this is a great way to introduce our natural, wholesome lifestyle brand with the community and visitors to the X-Games.
When X-Game-goers are not watching snowboarders tear it up on the halfpipe, they can check out world-class canine rescuing demonstrations at the Dog Demonstration Park in Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain Jan. 26-29. Events include safely burying people in the snow to be located and rescued by the canine team.
And of course, Only Natural Pet will be on site at the Dog Demo Park with samples and a demo of our popular Wholesome Homemade products, dehydrated dog food that becomes a freshly made stew in 10 minutes by just adding water. This paleo inspired, high protein, low carb dog food is ideal for healthy pets and coincidentally, extreme sports athletes.
Stop by and see us this weekend at the Demo Dog Park in Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, or at the Only Natural Pet Aspen store at 416 East Cooper Ave. in the Cooper Ave. pedestrian mall.
Whatever you celebrate this season – Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa – chances are your home is transformed with decorations. The lights, the ornaments, the garland – just know that all those shiny and new decorations look like toys to your pet. You don’t need to hold back on the festive trimmings, but pet safety is something to consider during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe while you deck the halls.
Protecting Sparky from Sparks. Keep wires and cords out of paws reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.
O Christmas tree. Your cat will think Christmas came early as soon as your Christmas tree is up, so how do you keep them off the impossible-to-resist tree of their dreams? Consider an artificial tree, as cats tend to find them less appealing. Choose a corner location or put the tree in a room your cat rarely visits. Be sure to get a sturdy tree stand and anchor the tree securely so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing injury to your cat. Also, consider getting kitty an early Christmas gift – a new cat condo or scratcher so she will be less tempted.
I love my new water bowl. Do not add any chemicals, aspirin or sugar to the water for your tree, which may poison or cause upset stomachs in your pet. Also, keep the water fresh to avoid stagnation and the release of bacteria.
All that glitters. Pets love tinsel and shiny, light-catching decorations. They might also decide that they look delicious. Don’t spend Christmas Eve in your vet’s emergency room. Keep a close eye on Fido and make sure he has plenty of new and interesting chew toys. Avoid glass ornaments, and keep any homemade ornaments, particularly those made from salt-dough or other food-based materials, out of pets’ reach.
Like paws to a flame. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; consider using flameless candles instead. Pets can easily burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Use appropriate candle holders place on a stable surface.
Plant danger. Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, balsam, pine and cedar are all holiday staples, but they can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested by your pet. Also, many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Consider using boughs of just-as-jolly artificial plants.
The bottom line – be aware of all the new, tempting decorations in your house and keep a sharp eye on your fur babies, and everyone if your house can enjoy a safe, festive holiday!
Our friends over at Fidose of Reality love and care for your dogs just as much as we do. That’s why they’ve put together this useful guide of 8 Hacks to Prevent Dog Fleas and Ticks. Packed with natural solutions to the nastiest biting insects, this post is all-natural and a must read for any dog parents out there who want to protect their dogs from fleas and ticks and from dangerous chemicals and pesticides.
Listen to Only Natural Pet’s Founder & CEO Marty Grosjean interviewed on Pet Radio. He discusses everything from ingredient standards, the true meaning of natural, and the important impact a natural lifestyle can have on your pet’s life.
Only Natural Pet, a Boulder, CO-based online retailer of natural pet products, has a lot to celebrate for its 10th Anniversary―ten successful years in business, an expanding product offering, and a reputation as a stalwart of a booming industry where natural pet products are the fastest growing segment. Founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 2004, Only Natural Pet has spent the past 10 years finding innovative, cutting-edge holistic health solutions for dogs and cats and has become a leader in the natural pet products industry.
“Only Natural Pet was founded when I realized that while I was thriving on a healthy, natural lifestyle, my dog was struggling on conventional pet foods and treatments,” said Marty Grosjean, founder and CEO of Only Natural Pet. “I started feeding my dog a natural, healthy diet that also included natural supplements and saw great strides in her health. As a result, I realized that I someone needed to make it easier for all consumers to buy natural products for their pets, and Only Natural Pet was born.”
According to data from both Mintel’s U.S. Pet Food report and PetFoodIndustry.com, between the years of 2012 and 2016, the current and anticipated increase in general pet food spending is $2 billion, with natural pet food making up approximately $1.3 billion of the total amount. This isn’t surprising to Only Natural Pet; in its first 10 years, the company has gone from an online retailer of the leading food, treats and supplements from existing pet companies, to a company who has developed and tested their own cutting-edge line of natural products with the help of a holistic veterinarian and extensive industry research. Today, Only Natural Pet offers conscious consumers more than 3,900 natural product options, with over 500 of those products under the Only Natural Pet brand.
Throughout the past 10 years, Only Natural Pet has remained true to its belief that a natural lifestyle contributes to a longer and healthier life for one’s pet. The company is committed to educating consumers on important pet health topics through its extensive Holistic Healthcare Library, which houses more than 200 articles and videos to help customers improve their pet’s health. In addition, Only Natural Pet is a founding member of the Pet Industry Sustainability Project, which strives to make the planet healthier for both humans and their pets. Only Natural Pet works closely with other industry leaders to set standards that cover everything from efficient facilities to sustainable products.
About Only Natural Pet
Only Natural Pet was founded in 2004 in Boulder, Colorado with a commitment to finding the most effective and sustainable natural pet products for every facet of a pet’s life. Today, Only Natural Pet is the leading online retailer in the natural pet supplies market. The company operates an e-commerce site, retail store, and catalog business that offers more than 3,900 products from leading manufacturers in the natural, organic, and eco-friendly pet supply market. Only Natural Pet produces more than 500 of its own highly popular Only Natural Pet branded products, including food, vitamins, supplements, and flea prevention and treatment.
From the deadly chicken jerky coming out of China to your everyday rawhide – identifying safe treats for your dog can be a matter of life and death. Most chews look innocent enough, but the truth is these chews are not only unhealthy for our dogs, they can be downright dangerous! But with some careful research and helpful tips, you can prevent treat time from becoming a terror.
Find the Source
The biggest step you can take for your dog’s treat safety is knowing the country of origin of the treats and chews you’re feeding.
As an educated pet parent, you’re already aware of the recalls and FDA investigations resulting from the Chinese chicken jerky treats, but there are other dangers to avoid when considering your dog’s treats and chews.
Chicken breast is more readily available and less expensive in China because human consumption focuses on dark meat, rather than white meat. However, the chicken sourced from China, as well as Chinese processing, use techniques and additives, like certain antibiotics, that are not allowed in the United States for safety reasons. The end result is a questionable treat that presents a risk not worth taking.
For not only your dog’s chicken jerky treats, but also his sweet potato chews, make the safer choice and only buy products sourced from the USA. They’re overseen by the FDA and must follow strict guidelines to ensure safety for your pet.
USA chews will always be overseen by the FDA, which will mean a safe, high quality product.
Numerous chews also come from Australia and New Zealand, both countries with strict oversight, pristine environments, and high quality products. Beef chews from South America are also very safe, healthy options for your dog. High quality South American beef is a way of life for many ranchers and they are very careful to produce grass-fed, free range, 100% safe products.
Ingredient Dos and Don’ts
When it comes to ingredients in your pet’s treats and chews, a simple rule of thumb is less is more. Single ingredient treats are not only great because they’re a healthy option for your pets, but you can easily determine what’s in them, and more importantly, what’s not. If a product is made with 100% chicken, 100% sweet potato, or 100% beef, you know exactly what your dog will be eating.
Artificial colors, preservatives and flavors are also very common in pet treats. Keep your eyes peeled for any ingredients that don’t look familiar or that you can’t pronounce.
Gently dehydrated treats are easily made without these ingredients, so shop around and find options without artificial, harmful chemicals.
Finally, make sure you read the ingredient panel. A lot of companies will make healthy claims on the front of the bag, but the truth is discovered on the back. Read the ingredient panel carefully and make sure you know everything that’s in the treat.
Back to Nature
Natural ingredients are always going to be better for your dog: they’re easier to digest, they’re in line with a high quality, healthy diet, and they’re less processed than conventional treats. But with so many treats claiming to be natural, finding the truly healthy options can be difficult. There are some simple tips to help.
Look for how the product is marketed. When companies claim that their products are “100% Real,” they are grasping at straws. “Real” is not a substantiated claim and makes no difference in what’s actually in your dog’s treat. This also applies to treats that make big, bold claims on the front of the packaging. When you want to find out what a product is made with, you look at the ingredient panel, not the front of the bag.
Truly natural products can be easily identified by looking for certain phrases, like single ingredient, grass-fed, and free range. But even more important is looking at the ingredient panel: if there’s only one ingredient, then you know what your dog is eating.
It’s also helpful to keep processing in mind. If the chew or treat is bright white or some unnatural color, then it has more than likely gone through a toxic bleaching and dyeing process. If, for example, the sweet potato looks like a sweet potato, then you know that it has simply been dehydrated, which not only maintains nutritional content, but keeps dangerous chemicals out of the process.
Along with knowing what you’re giving your dog, it’s equally important to know how you give it to your dog. Although natural treats like bully sticks and sweet potato chews are 100% digestible, they can still present choking hazards and get lodged in your dog’s throat. Preventing this can be a fairly simple task.
Always be present when giving your dog a chew. You don’t have to be nose to nose, but make sure you’re in the same area as your dog and stop in occasionally to make sure everything is going smoothly. This not only gives you peace of mind that your dog is safe, but it also helps reinforce the bond between you and your dog.
Know your dog’s chewing habits. If he likes to swallow large pieces of treats, take the chew away from him when it gets down to the final bit. This will remove the choking hazard, but still give your dog a satisfying chewing experience.
When it comes to bully sticks, make sure you size your treat to your dog accordingly. Smaller dogs can do well with any size bully stick, but the 4 inch ones will last a while and are
satisfying. For larger dogs, make sure you’re getting a 12 inch or 18 inch bully stick to prevent choking and offer them a longer chewing experience.